Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Appointed to 6th House Subcommittee

March 15, 2007
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Today, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary approved the appointment of Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, giving the freshman Congressman one of the highest number of committee & subcommittee assignments, with two committee and six subcommittee appointments.

Congressman Cohen stated that although he felt his “plate was very close to full” before the latest assignment, he was honored when House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (MI-14) tapped him to serve on a sixth subcommittee.  Congressman Cohen stated, “I’ve always admired the intellect and politics of Chairman Conyers, so it was easy to accept the assignment to serve with him on the subcommittee when he asked.”

Reflecting upon the impact of service on the Subcommittee for District 9, Congressman Cohen said, “My appointment to this subcommittee is very important to Memphis because of its oversight of bankruptcy law.  Memphians will now have a voice on bankruptcies beginning with the first step of the legislative process.  It is exciting to work in depth on so many issues and to get into the meat of a bill while it is still in the development phase in subcommittee,” said Cohen.

In addition to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Congressman Cohen also serves on two other subcommittees on the Committee on the Judiciary:  the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property and the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

Additionally, Congressman Cohen serves on three subcommittees on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:  the Subcommittee on Aviation, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

This year, the Subcommittee on Aviation will address the funding of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), evaluate FAA’s facilities and equipment program, review safety and security programs, address air traffic controller workforce staffing, and provide oversight of the airline industry and the National Transportation Safety Board.  Among other issues, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will focus on “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users” (SAFETEA-LU) implementation, transportation security, and exploring the role of and providing funding for highways.

The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management will review FEMA and its role in redevelopment in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, work with regional economic development agencies, General Services Administration (GSA) contracts, establishing a headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security  and provide oversight of the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy center for the Arts and the Architect of the Capitol.

The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has jurisdiction over the copyright issues, patent and trademark law, information technology, administration of U.S. Courts, Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil and Appellate Procedure, and judicial ethics.

The Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, federal civil rights and ethics in government.

The Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law oversees bankruptcy and commercial law, bankruptcy judgeships, administrative law, independent counsel, state taxation affecting interstate commerce, and interstate compacts.

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Marilyn Dillihay, Press Secretary, (202) 225-3265